Booking a ticket for the coach
How can I purchase my bus ticket?
Are you looking for more information about purchasing your bus ticket? Do you want to get more information about special offers or discounted prices for the intercity bus? Or would you like to know if children are allowed to travel alone, how expensive a child ticket will be and if there is a discount for seniors or people with a disability available?
With CheckMyBus you’ll learn about how you to purchase a bus-ticket and what you need to know in case of a cancellation or a rebooking. We’ll tell you how you’re going to receive your ticket, either per e-mail or per message to your Smartphone.
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Booking a Coach Ticket
Intercity bus travel has gained enormous popularity in recent years, which is due to the optimisation of the vehicles themselves, of their on-board features (including free WiFi and power sockets) and of the convenient accessibility of bus tickets online. You can use the internet to compare providers and to find the cheapest bus ticket and it will only take a few clicks.
Purchasing a bus ticket online has many advantages. You can take your time to compare many offers and also sleep on the matter before actually booking a ticket. The CheckMyBus search engine will help you to get the best offer by giving you access to a lot of information, such as the current prices, the points of departure, the travel time or the comfort features offered by the different coach companies. Once you click on “View Deal” you’re automatically redirected to the provider’s website where you can complete the booking. Apart from the convenience, there’s another big advantage of purchasing your ticket online: The online fares tend to be cheaper. Some companies, such as National Express and Eurolines UK for example, offer special deals – so-called funfares – which are only available if you book online and allow you to save a lot of money. Another thing is promo or discount codes: If you happen to find one, you can usually only redeem it during the online booking process. Also, there’s no way you can lose your ticket if you book online: The confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail and most companies accept e-tickets nowadays. So simply go to your e-mail-programme, access the mail and show it to the conductor. Sorted!
Purchasing a coach ticket offline
If you don’t like purchasing a bus ticket online, you can also get one at a larger bus station. However, funfares will not be available there and you might be asked to pay an additional service charge. The same holds true for purchasing a ticket directly from the bus driver. This is also a bit risky since the bus might be fully booked and you might have to wait for a later one or cancel your journey. Some coach companies also offer hotlines so that you can buy your ticket via telephone.
Paying for your bus ticket is basically as easy as shopping on amazon. The most common means of payment is the credit card, which is accepted by the majority of the bus providers. In addition to that and in order to give customers a greater variety of options, larger companies such as National Express, FlixBus and Terravision also accept PayPal.
Discount, voucher and special condition
Due to fierce competition on the intercity bus market in the UK, most of the bus providers offer low-cost and attractive coach tickets to popular destinations such as London or Manchester with a wide range of promotions. The forms of deals range from £1-tickets, which are frequently available from megabus, funfares or promo codes. These special deals can mostly be acquired via online booking. Here’s an overview over how to save money when going by National Express, Eurolines, megabus or Terravision:
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Tickets are very important to get on the coach. Please note that if your ticket that is purchased from a ticket office or at a station is lost or stolen, most of the times you’re required to purchase a new one. However, if you delete your e-ticket by mistake and still know your ticket number you should be able to request a new one per e-mail.
Cancellation and modification of the booking
The conditions for changing a reservation or cancelling a ticket differ from company to company. Here’s a detailed overview over the different policies, which helps you make the right choice:
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